UPDATE-FREE TICKETS: Thanks to a generous donation from our sponsors, Apache Casino Hotel and Hilliary Media Group, this year's SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter Workshops & Awards Banquet is now FREE to attendees. Please register for your FREE TICKETS HERE . If you have already purchased tickets, the chapter will reimburse you for the cost. We would like to thank our sponsors for their support and their commitment to helping journalists, students and educators attend this event.
OKLAHOMA — The Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Pro Chapter will hold its 2022 awards banquet on Oct. 15 at the Apache Casino Hotel in Lawton, OK.
This year, the SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter is also offering free workshops before the banquet for all attendees. AND we have reduced the banquet TICKETS ARE FREE thanks to a generous donation from our sponsors Apache Casino Hotel & Hilliary Media Group!
The weekend kicks off on Friday, October 14 with a Happy Hour & Networking event at 7 p.m. at the beautiful Apache Casino Hotel.
On Saturday, October 15 there will be four breakout sessions beginning at 1 p.m.
Afterward we invite you to join us at 6 p.m. for Happy Hour (it's our favorite hour). We end the weekend with the SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter Awards Banquet at 7 p.m.
Congratulations to a special category winners (AKA the Big 3 Winners)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Teacher of the Year
Carter Bradley First Amendment Award
SPJ OK Pro Chapter Conference & Banquet attendees can enter G2210SP in the offer code in the hotel section of the hotel website, www.apachecasinohotel.com select the dates and enter the desired room. The discounted SPJ rate is $119 plus tax.
Thank you to our sponsors Hilliary Communications & Apache Casino Hotel
Friday, October 14, 2022
7 p.m. Happy Hour & Networking Event
Saturday, October 15, 2022
1 p.m. Breakout Session hotel meeting rooms
Breakout Session 1--Tips for a Successful Freelance Writing Career
Moderated by Heide Brandes, SPJ OK President and award-winning freelance writer
Breakout Session 2--Open Meetings & Open Records
Dr. Joey Senat, associate professor, Mass Communication and Multimedia Journalism, Oklahoma State University
Kathryn E. Gardner, Local Legal Initiative staff attorney based in Oklahoma, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Moderator: Dr. William Hickman, adjunct professor, Rose State College; professor emeritus, University of Central Oklahoma
Breakout Session 3--Solutions Journalism: Leading by example
Co-moderated by M. Scott Carter and by John Small, managing editor of the Johnston County Sentinel in Tishomingo, this session will focus on the concept that local news outlets can - and should - do more than simply report on activities in our communities, they should participate. Examples such as newspapers taking an active role in the planning and construction of a local war memorial and the creation of a local literacy organization will be among the items of discussion.
Small will share some examples from his own experience, as well as examples provided by Mark Codner of the Newcastle News (who will be unable to attend personally). He will be joined by University of Oklahoma Professor John Schmeltzer
Those attending the panel can share their own stories of their outlets’ particular activities aimed at giving back to the community, and brainstorm with other attendees to come up with ideas for possible projects in the future.
Breakout Session 4--Video Editing 101
Taught by Rick Lippert
6 p.m. Happy Hour
7 p.m. 2022 SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter Awards Banquet (see our teaser list below)
FREE banquet ticket includes admission to the networking event on Friday, four breakout sessions on Saturday afternoon, Happy Hour on Saturday and the Awards Banquet as well.
Here is the 2021 OKSPJ Awards virtual ceremony!
"Congratulations to all the winners and Mvto (thank you) to everyone who entered," OKSPJ President Sterling Cosper said.
View the winners list here: https://tinyurl.com/53xeut5m
Originally scheduled to be at the Apache Casino Hotel in Lawton, the chapter Oklahoma SPJ Pro Chapter board decided to move its annual awards banquet online due to COVID-19.
“While I absolutely hate that we were not able to celebrate the best in Oklahoma journalism together in person, that does not diminish the hard work and dedication shown by this year’s award winners,” OKSPJ chapter president Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton said.
Congratulations to all the winners!
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